Special Needs Boy Scores Incredible Touchdown

Noah Garcia Runs For 54-Y­ard-Touchd­own During Game

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio second-grader Noah Garcia, 7, has always loved sports.

The young boy, who suffers cerebral palsy and epilepsy, spends much of his free time playing them on his video gaming system.

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This football season, however, he convinced his parents to allow him to play with the San Antonio Sharks, a team within the North American Junior Independent Federation (NAJIFF).

Despite his physical challenges, Noah's mother, Rebecca Alviar, said her son demonstrates an incredible amount of strength and determination.

"Being that he's limited, you can't tell him that he can't do something," said Alviar. "He's going to prove you wrong."

Noah had the opportunity to prove that firsthand on Saturday, when his team played the Somerset Lil Bulldogs for the NAJIFF Championships.

"I was in the second bleacher in the stands," said Alviar. "All I heard was my daughter Abigail saying, Noah got the hand off, he's got the ball!"

Running as fast as he could, Noah scored a 54-yard-touchdown as the crowd in the stadium went wild.

"I ran a touchdown," Noah said. "I feel happy."

Although the team lost the game by two points, Noah's family said they'll always look back at this special game.

"Seeing him get that touchdown, knowing that he probably would never have this chance to do it again, it was just amazing," said Alviar.


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